Appetite Returning For Rescued Sea Lion

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The animal is suffering from damage to his nasal passage that authorities believe is the result of a gunshot wound.

Jim Oswald is a spokesman for the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center where the sea lion is getting treatment.

“He’s still in critical condition. But he is eating. He ate about four pounds of herring which is good. The veterinarians are certainly keeping an eye on that. Continue with the antibiotic treatments and seeing if they can get him to increase his weight.”
Late last month, authorities arrested a Sacramento fisherman in connection with shooting the sea lion. California game wardens arrested 43-year-old Larry Allen Legans on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and negligent discharge of a firearm.
Legans told authorities he grew tired of competing with sea lions for fish…so he fired his 12-gauge shotgun at the animal.